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Launch of First Horizon E88 Open Flybridge Yacht set for World Premiere at FLIBS 2015

August 27, 2015

Horizon Yachts is delighted to announce the launch of the first E88 open flybridge yacht, which took place this month. Built specifically for the U.S market, the brand new motor yacht E88 open flybridge by Horizon is presently en-route to the USA as an inventory yacht available for purchase. To be showcased at the Horizon Yachts display on F dock, slips 600-606, she is set to make her world premiere at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), running from November 5 to 9.

Horizon E88 open flybridge yacht

Horizon E88 open flybridge yacht

“The Horizon E88 open bridge motoryacht enjoys the same functional luxury as her skylounge counterpart but with the added benefit of increased outdoor spaces for relaxing and entertaining family and friends,” comments Horizon Group CEO, John Lu. “We have seen great success around the world with the skylounge version, delivering to owners in Europe, Australia, the U.S., and Taiwan, but we expect the E88 open bridge will draw new clientele looking for an enhanced open-air experience on board.” 

Aboard Horizon motor yacht E88 open flybridge

Aboard Horizon motor yacht E88 open flybridge

This 2016 Horizon E88 open flybridge superyacht was specifically designed for the U.S. market; the overall layout, interior design, as well as added amenities were based on client feedback of previous E88 yachts delivered to the USA. Accommodation is provided in four generous en suite guest staterooms below deck, including a full-beam master stateroom aft, VIP stateroom in the bow, and two twin guest staterooms, in addition to separate crew quarters aft of the engines. The entire main deck is on one level, providing a full view of the bow when standing in the aft salon, and offers everything required for comfort above deck: main salon, day head, dining for eight, fully equipped galley, as well as forward country kitchen.

Horizon E88 open flybridge superyacht - Exterior

Horizon E88 open flybridge superyacht – Exterior

The yard’s in-house interior design team and Horizon Yacht USA, the U.S. sales and service office, teamed up to design luxury yacht E88, focusing on a modern coastal theme. Semi-gloss Teak wood is utilized for the main living spaces, resulting in a warm contrast to the neutral soft goods color palette and blue as well as gold accents. The main deck flooring mixes up Walnut wood with custom marble designs at the salon entrance and galley. Moreover, Horizon also custom-designed various furniture pieces, such as the leather and Teak salon coffee table and Teak dining table with Holly in-lays.

Horizon Yacht E88 open flybridge - Galley

Horizon Yacht E88 open flybridge – Galley

With focus on entertaining, the new Horizon E88 yacht boasts an amazing flybridge with a large dinette seating with a split table to starboard and a full wet bar with bar stool seating to port. The extended storage cabinets are aft of the dinette seating and include a propane BBQ outside of the hardtop.  The bow hosts a newly-designed seating arrangement, allowing for a U-shaped dinette and table, as well as reclining forward sun pads. There is also a gorgeous beach club and a Hi/Lo swim platform, that can be used for launching watercraft.

Horizon super yacht E88 open flybridge - Dining

Horizon super yacht E88 open flybridge – Dining

Run by twin CAT C32 1800HP engines, this new Horizon E88 open flybridge superyacht is also fitted with a 2700 gallon fuel capacity, zero speed stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters, Maretron monitoring system and Hamann sanitary treatment system, to name but a few.

Horizon luxury yacht E88 open flybridge - Saloon

Horizon luxury yacht E88 open flybridge – Saloon

Horizon superyacht E88 open flybridge is expected to reach the USA mid-September. She will be available for viewing at the Horizon Yacht USA office in North Palm Beach, Florida prior to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Horizon superyacht E88 open flybridge - Cabin

Horizon superyacht E88 open flybridge – Cabin

More charter yachts built by Horizon.

Newport Bucket Regatta to return under new management and new name in 2016

August 26, 2015

The Newport Bucket Regatta will not take place in 2015. Previously organised by Bucket Regattas, the event will return in July 2016, under new management of Newport Shipyard owner Charlie Dana and Bannister’s Wharf owner David Ray and a new name, the ‘Candy Store Cup’.

Aerial view of Newport Bucket Regatta - Photo by Billy Black

Aerial view of Newport Bucket Regatta – Photo by Billy Black

“I’m confident that Charlie and Eli Dana and David Ray will create an event that, like the Bucket, will bring spectacular superyachts together with sportsmanship and camaraderie,” commented Bruce Brakenhoff, Jr., Bucket Steward and Perini Navi USA President. “These Newport stalwarts have the local relationships and knowledge to carve out a new chapter for superyacht racing in Newport. The Bucket stewards are very pleased that the Newport Bucket racing tradition will continue in New England and look forward to working with the new organizers to help ensure future success.”

Newport Bucket Participant - Luxury sailing yacht Meteor - Photo by Billy Black

Newport Bucket Participant – Luxury sailing yacht Meteor – Photo by Billy Black

The Candy Store Cup is set to run in New England next summer, with provisional dates of July 21-24, 2016. According to Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf teams, a shift to earlier summer dates will make it easier for more of the majestic sailing yachts to be in the neighborhood.

Newport Bucket Superyacht Marie - Photo by Billy Black

Newport Bucket Superyacht Marie – Photo by Billy Black

“Newport Shipyard is a longtime supporter and friend of the Bucket,” said Charlie Dana. “Initially, it was more of a party for the biggest sailing yachts that had no races to enter. Here we are three decades later with such spectacular racing and imagery that the sailing fraternity is not only agog but out in full force. Racing these boats is something I never would have dreamt possible as a child. How lucky we are. We can’t wait. ”

Eye-catching Admiral Impero 37 Superyacht NONO to be showcased at FLIBS 2015

August 26, 2015

The Italian Sea Group has announced their participation in this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), showcasing the eye-catching Admiral Impero 37 superyacht NONO, boasting modern and innovative lines. With exterior design by Luca Dini and interior design by the Admiral ‘Centro Stile’ in partnership with Arch. Gian Marco Campanino, luxury motor yacht NONO is a semi-displacement vessel with raised pilot house, all built in aluminium. She features an elegant metallic light-bronze hull and a pearl-white superstructure with mat black areas.

Admiral Impero 37 Superyacht NONO

Admiral Impero 37 Superyacht NONO

Super yacht NONO boasts large glass surfaces, delivering a great amount of light to the interiors. This can be particularly seen in the aft area of the main salon, as this is an all glass area, only interrupted by little pieces of structures, as the engine room machinery, which is usually placed within this area, has been moved a bit forward.

Luxury yacht NONO - Swimming pool

Luxury yacht NONO – Swimming pool

The main deck of NONO yacht hosts a full-beam master cabin with a large en-suite bathroom positioned aft, which is directly connected with two walking wardrobes, his and hers. The additional four guest cabins can be found on the lower deck, including two VIP cabins. Each cabin is fitted with its own bathroom. The lower deck also features the crew quarter, including two double crew cabins and a captain’s cabin, all with en-suite bathroom.

Motor yacht NONO - Saloon

Motor yacht NONO – Saloon

The main deck aft cockpit of NONO superyacht is ideal for relax, sunbathing and al-fresco dinners. This area also gives access to the aft beach club, where the transom door opens up, creating a big aft terrace. There is also a bar corner, a day head and a steam bath. The sun deck is split in two different levels. The one forward is dedicated to dining and there is also a bar corner, lounge area and remote steering wheel position, while aft a big hot tube for up to 8 people can be found.

Super yacht NONO - Owners cabin

Super yacht NONO – Owners cabin

Admiral Impero 37 luxury yacht NONO has been designed and engineered for long distance traveler vocation. She can achieve a maximum speed of 20 knots.

More charter yachts built by Admiral can be found here.

The Deep Harbour at Island Gardens to host Private Yachts and Charter Yachts up to 550ft

August 25, 2015

To be developed by Flagstone Property Group, the Deep Harbour at Island Gardens, nestled in the gorgeous Florida yacht holiday location – Miami, will comfortably host private yachts and charter yachts measuring up to 550ft in length. Scheduled for completion in December 2015, the Deep Harbour at Island Gardens will be North America’s only marina exclusively designed for superyachts. Moreover, it is also expected to become one of the most exclusive deep water marinas in the world as it will benefit from the deep waters of the cruise ship terminal, which are deep enough for large cruise ships and not subject to tidal restrictions for access.

Rendering of The Deep Harbour at Island Gardens in the lovely Miami yacht holiday location, nestled in Florida

Rendering of The Deep Harbour at Island Gardens in the lovely Miami yacht holiday location, nestled in Florida

The Deep Harbour at Islands Garden is expected to achieve high occupancy rates shortly after opening as most marinas in Florida do not offer deep enough waters for sailing mega yachts and the very large superyachts over 150ft in length. Furthermore, demand for boat slips to berth luxury yachts over 80 feet long far exceeds the supply in South Florida.

The Deep Harbour at Island Gardens

The Deep Harbour at Island Gardens

Once completed, The Deep Harbour at Island Gardens will boast 5,000 linear feet of capacity, accommodating an average of 50 yachts stretching up to 550 feet and drafts of 18-25 feet deep. It will offer marina lounge and restaurant, as well as full service amenities, including in-slip fueling and customs and immigration clearance to guests and residents arriving via yacht from international destinations. Moreover, it will be the future home of Superyacht Miami, a new show by Show Management designed exclusively to cater to superyachts.

The Deep Harbour at Island Gardens - Waterfront

The Deep Harbour at Island Gardens – Waterfront

The development will also feature two world class retail and restaurants, hotels, high end shopping boutiques, as well as a water taxi service. The upland construction, including hotels, retail and restaurants, is scheduled for completion in late 2017-2018 season.


What better way to enjoy the fabulous Florida than on your next yacht charter vacation? Ideal for yacht charter year round, Florida boasts myriad of secluded cove beaches, seaside towns, great anchorages, as well as excellent marina facilities.

Florida - Caladesi Island State Park - Image credit VISIT FLORIDA

Florida – Caladesi Island State Park – Image credit to VISIT FLORIDA

As one of the largest charter grounds, Florida offers all the main types of yacht charter such as motor, sailing, bareboat charter, skippered, crewed yachts, catamaran, power boat, sailboat and luxury yachts, not to forget the increasingly popular super yacht charter. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our friendly and dedicated team of brokers here.

Lovely 27m Oceanfast Motor Yacht ARTHUR’S WAY spotted in Florida

August 24, 2015

The lovely 27-metre Oceanfast motor yacht ARTHUR’S WAY (ex Bac O Booc) was spotted by ‘ZipZapPower‘, while entering the popular Florida yacht vacation destination – Fort Lauderdale from the Atlantic Ocean. Custom built in 2000, the beautiful ARTHUR’S WAY yacht boasts stylish interiors by Sam Sorgiovanni.

Accommodation aboard Oceanfast luxury yacht ARTHUR’S WAY is offered to up to 10 guests in 4 magnificent en-suite cabins. The full-beam master stateroom is amidships and is fitted with a queen size center lined bed, vanity, his and hers closets and separated en-suite toilet facilities from the shower facilities. In addition, there is a VIP cabin with a queen size bed and seating, a twin cabin with side by side single beds, as well as a forward V berth cabin with two single beds and two Pullman berths.

More charter yachts built by Oceanfast can be found here.

World Premiere for 101’ 2016 Hargrave RPH Motor Yacht CUTTING EDGE at FLIBS

August 20, 2015

The new 101’ 2016 Hargrave Raised Pilothouse motor yacht CUTTING EDGE will be introduced at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, along with eight additional Hargrave yachts. Luxury superyacht CUTTING EDGE represents Hargrave’s blend of quality, value and design flexibility.

New 101' 2016 Hargrave RPH Superyacht CUTTING EDGE

New 101′ 2016 Hargrave RPH Superyacht CUTTING EDGE

The beautiful interiors of luxury yacht CUTTING EDGE by Yacht Interiors by Shelley provide deluxe accommodation in four comfortable staterooms. The vessel also features the popular country kitchen, as well as the state of the art electronics and audio visual systems.

The new 101’ 2016 Hargrave RPH super yacht CUTTING EDGE is run by 1,700 hp Cat engines. She is equipped with the latest technology from premiere OEM suppliers Naiad Stabilizers, Headhunter, and General Electric.

More charter yachts built by Hargrave.

Launch of 40 Metre Series Motor Yacht Hull #12 by WESTPORT

August 19, 2015

Westport Shipyard has successfully launched the 40 Metre Series motor yacht Hull #12. The Westport superyacht Hull 4012 represents the 40th 130’ vessel delivered by the prestigious US builder.

40 Metre Series Super Yacht Hull no. 12 by Westport at launch

40 Metre Series Super Yacht Hull no. 12 by Westport at launch

“We are very proud to be delivering this, the 12th 40m, featuring a rich contemporary raised panel mahogany interior,” comments Alex Rogers, Westport’s Director of Sales.

ABS classified and MCA compliant, the 40 Metre Series luxury yacht Hull no. 12 by Westport is a high-performance tri-deck vessel, providing deluxe accommodation to up to 10 guests.  She represents an exceptional landmark achievement in large yacht design and U.S. craftsmanship, just like all the models from the series.

More charter yachts built by Westport.

Busy Summer for Derecktor Shipyards

August 13, 2015

Derecktor Florida shipyard is seeing one of its busiest summers this year, following on from a very productive first quarter of the year. Usually, summer is a quite season with luxury super yachts moving to other locations in the world, such as the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destinations. 2015 seems to be different to previous years at Derecktor with a combination of long term projects carrying over from the first and second quarters, numerous refit projects as well as several vessels choosing to remain in the USA.

Derecktor Florida

Derecktor Florida

Major refits are being done on such important yacht as the motor yacht DOROTHEA 3 of 147 feet, 137-foot motor yacht TRANQUILITY, Feadship superyacht MINDERELLA, BG yacht (ex Charade) and MIRAGE. Zero speed stabilisers will be fitted to the 171′ motor yacht AMANTI and MITSEAAH has running gear and rudder repairs done.



CARSON is at the yard for the completion of an in-water commissioning, and LIBRA III, CRACKER BAYATOMIC and CHEVY TOY are under the shed undergoing a variety of projects. LEGEND, LAZY Z and AUDACIA  both recently left the yard at the conclusion of extensive refit periods.

Luxury charter yachts to arrive at the shipyard in the upcoming weeks include POLLY for mechanical maintenance and upgrades, and NORTHERN LIGHTS  for underwater maintenance.

Charter Yacht LAZY Z Major Refit Completed at Derecktor Florida

In addition to the other projects, Derecktor has also successfully completed a lengthy refit aboard the 164-foot Oceanco motor yacht LAZY Z. The yacht left the yard in mid-June and is now enjoying her yacht charter season in the Western Mediterranean.

Works on LAZY Z incorporated opening the hull to permit the removal of main engines and the installation of two new MTU 16V2000s. The entire exterior of the vessel was painted by Chi Yacht Refinishing, following an extensive remodelling of her sun deck.

LAZY Z Yacht

LAZY Z Yacht

Interior of LAZY Z was also refitted, with the main saloon stair-well reconfiguration amongst other works.

Other Jobs in Progress at Derecktor NY

The 113-foot INDEPENDENCE has undergone a significant transformation following the structural work for a new swim platform. Derecktor New York have designed and produced a 6 foot long hydraulic beach platform, which operates from 4 feet below the waterline to just above the water. This provides a deck flexible in height. It can also be used to lift the small RIB tender and stow it while cruising. The yard also installed a glass fish-viewing window that will allow the Owner’s children to feed the fish  and watch them swim below the platform. New removable polished stainless tell staple rails offer safety and upgrade the classic styling of this beautiful Burger yacht. She was also given a Flag Blue AwlGrip paint job, brining her back into a top condition.

The 85-foot Horizon motor yacht Helm’s Away had some paint touch ups and her name changed, following a purchase by her new Owner. This project is somewhat more complicated after previous failed attempts by others to colour match the white paint. Derecktor NY have completed the project to the Owner’s and Captain’s satisfaction.

Hatteras 100 RPH Yacht to Premiere at Cannes Yachting Festival

August 11, 2015

One of the leading American yacht builders, Hatteras Yachts has announced its participation at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival. Hatteras will showcase their flagship motor yacht Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse, which will see her European premiere at the show.

Hatteras 100 RPH Yacht

Hatteras 100 RPH Yacht

The Hatteras 100RPH superyacht represents a highly successful 31-metre vessel introduced to the U.S. market in 2013. Hatteras/CABO Yachts president & CEO John Ward will be in Cannes for the European debut of the yacht, with the show taking place from 8 to 13 September, 2015.

“The Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse, which features exterior styling by noted Italian yacht designer Enrico Gobbi of Team 4 Design, is going to take the European yachting market by surprise,” predicted Alex Treleani, Hatteras/CABO Yachts director of international sales. “In Europe, Hatteras has a great reputation for high-quality fiberglass construction and engineering. But the 100RPH has Hatteras quality combined with European styling – It’s the best of both worlds.”

The luxury yacht Hatteras 100 RPH exhibited in Cannes is able to accommodate up to eight guests in four spacious cabins, each with an en suite bathroom. There is also space for a crew of four.

She is characterised by sleek and modern styling, with customised interiors by her owner, features, that will surely appeal to the European market. “Instead of the country kitchen, it has a private chef’s galley that is more in keeping with the formal yachting style popular in Europe,” Treleani said. “The owner also selected light, bright, woods and airy contemporary interior decor for this yacht. The furnishings were either hand-crafted by Hatteras artisans or sourced from upscale luxury goods showroom Cassina in Milan, Italy.”

The 100RPH yacht’s engineering, electrical systems and cabinetry, all were designed, constructed and installed in-house by Hatteras Yachts’ veteran engineers and craftsmen. This yacht was fitted with twin CAT C32A 1,900hp diesel engines, which allow her to cruise comfortably at 21 knots and reach a top speed of 25 knots. “The configuration of the 100RPH is especially appealing to our European clientele,” said Treleani, who expects heavy demand for tours during the show. “In keeping with our reputation for quality, Hatteras Yachts also come standard with an industry-leading 10-year structural warranty.”

Furthermore, Hatteras Yachts will exhibit the sporty and stylish GT63 and GT54 Convertible models at the Cannes Yachting Festival. “Luxury sportfishing yachts are a niche in Europe for clients who appreciate their durability and seakeeping abilities and are looking for a different style of boat,” Treleani said. “I am delighted to have such a strong showing of Hatteras Yachts to display at the Cannes show.”

Hatteras 100 RPH Superyacht Specifications

LOA 31.09M/ 102’0”
Beam 6.86 M/ 22’6”
Draft 1.88M/ 6’2”
Freshwater Capacity 3,104 litres /820 gals
Displacement 124,737 kilos/275,000 lbs
Power 2 x 1900 CAT or 2 x 2600 MTU
Fuel Capacity 17,659 litres/ 4,660 gals
Holding Capacity 1,586 litres /419 gals
Height from Waterline to Hardtop 6.93M/22’9”

Westport Launch Motor Yacht Hull #54 of WP112 Series

August 10, 2015

Westport has announced the launch of their third vessel this year, represented by the motor yacht Hull #54, belonging to their Westport 112′ series. The Superyacht hull 54 is the second Westport 112 yacht for this client.

WP112  Hull #54 Superyacht by Westport Yachts

WP112 Hull #54 Superyacht by Westport Yachts

Luxury yacht Westport 112 represents a high-performance raised pilothouse vessel, with accommodation layout for eight guests in deluxe cabins. The series represents an important landmark achievement in large yacht design and U.S. craftsmanship.

“We are very proud to be delivering this, the 54th 112 on-time, and on-budget once again,” said Alex Rogers, Westport’s Director of Sales. .

The customer who commissioned his 2nd Westport 112 yacht collaborated closely with Westport shipyard’s engineering and interior design team, incorporating numerous custom features to enhance his yachting lifestyle.

Since 1964 Westport has firmly concentrated on the future, and has invested heavily in personnel, design, naval architecture, infrastructure, engineering and proven technologies to secure its position as a leading yard in the industry. Westport currently builds luxury motor yachts 112’, 125’, 130’ and 164’, at three shipyards in Washington State.